April 2015 Newsletter: Google My Maps and Custom POI Files, Tour the US, Tagging Pictures with Picasa

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Monthly Issue # 90 April 30, 2015                                                    www.geeksontour.com
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April Travels

April Travels

Where we’ve been: In April we began our “Sea to Shining Sea” trek east. Starting from Malibu Beach RV Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean, stopped for a little tourist time in Tombstone, AZ and at Faywood Hotsprings, NM. Jim got some great aerial video with his quadcopter at Monahans Sandhills in Texas and a Stonehenge replica in Odessa, TX.

See our April Photo Albums for lots of pictures.

Where we’re going:  For May and the beginning of June we’ll be in Florida getting a grandkid-fix and working on our website. Currently, we have no appearances scheduled, but we will be doing our Sunday shows, “What Does This Button Do?

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  We teach you how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative on the computer and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out ourLearning Library of Tutorial Videos. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members only content to whet your appetite for learning.

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Coming up in May/June

  • May 21 Remote appearance for the Good Sam Samboree in Massachussets
  • May 3, 10,17,24, 31: What Does This Button Do web show, What Does This Button Do?
  • June: visiting Bexhill, England!

See our Calendar

Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership!

  1. Too many folders of pictures with PIcasa
  2. Scanning using Picasa
  3. Turn by Turn thru the radio
  4. Printing iPhone text messages
  5. How to add non-Google contacts to Circles in Google+
  6. Cell phone signal strength
  7. Video Playback

April episodes of What Does This Button Do? Smartphone Educational Show

We are Geeks Who Teach

It’s an educational show about smartphones and tablets. We deliver it live over the web on Sunday afternoons. Every show is about 40 minutes and it is automatically recorded as a Youtube video – so if you miss it live, no problem.  All the ‘reruns’ are listed on our Weekly Show Page. Here’s a listing of our episodes this month. Each episode is about 40 minutes long. The Youtube links are free for anyone to watch. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can use the Lin ks that include our Show Notes and Links to specific topics in the show.


Episode and Date Topics Show Video with Notes for Members Free on Youtube
#37: 4/26/15 Live from an RV Rally! Interview Chris Yust, Mac McCoy, Smitty & Louise from RVers Friend, Tom from Jirah. Quick Tip on Airplane mode   Youtube #37
#36: 4/19/15 From the home of Frank Drew. Smartphone Apps vs Mobile Websites, “Note To Self” Apps: Dark Sky and Uber #36 w/Notes and Links Youtube #36
#35: 4/12/15 Google Now – your personal assistant. Deleting multiple pictures, Hot Springs #35 w/Notes Youtube #35
#34: 4/5/15 Transferring Pictures from mobile device to Computer, tip on Uninstalling Apps #34 w/Notes Youtube #34



Google My Maps and Custom POI Files

imageI’ve written about Google’s My Maps in this blog before. As much as possible I am now using Google’s My Maps for planning, and recording, our travels. Something I like to see when working on a plan is the location of all our Thousands Trails membership parks.

This is a screenshot of what it looks like on my phone. Each brown square has a TT for Thousand Trails. This is stored in a ‘layer’ on my map and I can turn it on or off at any time.

I got this data from the Discovery owners website. I used the Google earth format.

You can also create your own data set using Excel.

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Tour the US with 50 Landmarks

Tour the US

Many people are posting this grand tour of the United States on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I was intrigued enough to find the list of the specific landmarks and import them in to my own custom Google Map. You could do the same by using this spreadsheet of 50 US Landmarks and import it into your own custom map. The import creates the 50 markers, then you need to add the driving routes, 10 stops at a time because of My Maps limitations.

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Keywords (Tags) to Group your Pictures with Picasa

Use tags to group your pictures

Tags are the keywords that you can attach to pictures. They are not meant to be visible. They are meant to give you multiple ways to find and group pictures.

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